Buying a Business in Missouri
Buying a business can be a worthwhile investment, but whether it is purchased by an individual or another company, the transaction is complicated.
Specific regulations concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations or securities exchanges may be implicated when you buy a business. These areas are all governed by Federal and Missouri law.
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
The purchase of a business in Washington is actually the buying of a right called "control". With this right, a party can direct business operations as it sees fit, it acquires ownership of business assets, and it assumes liability for all business debts. To balance the positives and negatives, the party buying a business must get a complete picture of the financial position of the business. Through a process called "due diligence", a buyer gains this understanding. Through due diligence, federal and Missouri guidelines are used to inform both parties, and there may be legal consequences for not following these guidelines properly. Following the process of due diligence dutifully is the best way to inform oneself for whether to buy a business. Also if the business is eventually bought, transfers of ownership happen much more easily once the process is followed.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
The price of a business depends on the value of the ownership stake that is necessary to exert control, and this in turn is decided somewhat by the value of the business property and the type of business. The process for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by specific laws in Missouri. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Washington Attorney Help?
The laws in Missouri place many unique demands on parties seeking to purchase businesses. An attorney in Washington, Missouri can inform you of the particularities of your investment as it relates to local law, as well as advise you of the least costly route to acquiring control.